December 5, 2021
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 1:54 pm What is one thing that you’re grateful for this year? What is something that 2021 has taught you?
  • 1:10 pm The obstacles and achievements of first-generation students
  • 12:42 pm Seasonal Depression: The Scrooge of Mental Health
  • 12:34 pm Body Positivity: Staying Afloat During the Holidays
  • 1:53 pm Annual ‘Totes for Tots’ Initiative Aims to Give Back to the Community

Photo by Robert Rios.


By Destiny Torres, Arts and Entertainment Editor

In the days before the safer-at-home order was put in place, the walkways and buildings at California State University, Dominguez Hills were bustling with friends laughing, clubs tabling and procrastinators running to the printer stations. 

Today, however, the halls are unusually quiet, the parking lots are hauntingly empty and the Loker Student Union is completely closed down. 

And while the closure of campus means no more in-person classes, it also means no more in-person contact altogether.

The result? The new social distancing measures have had damaging impacts on the daily lives of many students. Through social media, students have confessed to staying up until 4 a.m. and sleeping in until 3 p.m. Other students have described a lack of motivation, anxiety and high-stress levels. The intense feelings of isolation and sadness that were derived from being in quarantine has caused many students to feel hopeless, especially those who are unable to be themselves at home. 

According to Anna Liza Garcia, the assistant dean of students at CSUDH, a survey was taken by the Associated Students, Inc. Although only two percent of the student body answered, it was evident that students are mainly struggling financially. In the Office of Student Life, she has heard many stories of students feeling intense sadness. 

Garcia said the OSL is trying to find ways to support the students with virtual hangouts, social media challenges and career preparedness workshops. She said she would like to see students reframe “social distancing” into “distant socializing.” Finding connectedness is the best way for students to get through these tough times.

“It’s so important right now to find your connection,” Garcia said. “It’s the connection that makes you feel affirmed and valued…because this is tough.” 

For many, the way they participated in student life on campus was through clubs and organizations, but many student leaders have found it difficult to keep clubs engaged when the only source of interaction is through virtual meetings and conversations. 

“School being the way it is, ruined our hopes of maintaining a relationship with our members,” John Otero, senior and president of the Toro Entertainment and Media Society (T.E.A.M.S), said. 

Otero said everything being moved to online has made him feel stuck in terms of club business and his own school work. 

Cynthia Blake, president of Scholars United, has created a group chat with the active club members where they message each other constantly and keep one another motivated.

“Not having a date to resume our lives is challenging,” Blake said. “We enjoy being on campus, so it’s very hard to keep the momentum.” 

The Rose Black Resource Center (RBRC) hosts weekly check-ins every Thursday at 2 p.m. via Zoom. They have also hosted virtual Netflix parties and a virtual brunch.

“Many of the students we serve are mentally exhausted and ‘over’ virtual and online programming,” Catherine Jermany, the RBRC coordinator said. “Most of the narratives I hear from students is that they just want the semester to be over.”

Students working at the Queer Culture and Resource Center have created a grand amount of virtual ways for everyone to stay connected and events to participate in by using Zoom, social media, Discord, and even starting a book club. 

“The biggest obstacle is not having a physical space,” Karama Blackhorn, QCRC coordinator said. “A lot of people are not out at home; Trans and queer folk need to pretend to be straight and cis.”

Mental health is the biggest concern when planning programs and activities. Blackhorn said that noticing how students weren’t sleeping well at home or were not taking care of themselves caused deep concern for their well-being, especially considering the fact that depression rates among LGBTQ+ people are devastatingly high. 

As a result, members of the QCRC took command and created a Google Calendar full of ways that people can remain connected. Monday through Thursday everyone is welcome to participate in live feeds, video chats and questions of the day. 

Peer wellness check-ins are available for students who need someone to talk to or want to find resources. Weekly, the QCRC hosts pop-ups on Zoom where students can pop in to hang out, study and play games, just as they would if the campus center were open. 

Using the Discord program, students are able to chat on a number of channels whose topics range from Animal Crossing, music and astrology.

“We want to make sure people never feel alone,” Blackhorn said.

Students are forced to connect in different ways than they’re used to. In order to remain hopeful, maintaining contact with friends, loved ones and peers is crucial. It is not a matter of distancing yourself from society but of socializing from a distance.

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